Melissa Jefferson, African-American songwriter, singer, rapper and classically trained flautist, was born April 27, 1988. Lizzo revealed that the day she released her now No. 1 Billboard single “Truth Hurts,” Lizzo almost quit the music industry altogether. Her genre-defying sound is as infectious as it is joyous, often featuring messages of self love, empowerment, inclusivity and body positivity. More about Melissa Viviane Jefferson Biography and Profile.
Sam Cooke, African-American Singer and Songwriter, born January 22, 1931, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, he sang with the gospel group the Soul Stirrers before going on to land huge hits like “You Send Me,” “Wonderful World,” “Chain Gang” and “Twistin’ the Night Away.” Sam Cooke died on December 11, 1964, in Los Angeles, California. More about Sam Cooke Biography and Profile.
Missy Elliott was born Melissa Arnette Elliott on July 1, 1971, in Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2001, Elliott produced a thumping, cowbell-accented rework of Labelle’s 1974 hit, “Lady Marmalade”. In May 2019, Elliott received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. She was then admitted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June. Melissa Arnette Elliott Biography and Profile.
Nat King Cole was born on March 17, 1919, in Montgomery, Alabama. Nat King Cole, the father of Nat King Cole Biography, Natalie Coley, Nat King Cole Biography and Profile, African-American Singer, African-American Songwriter, African-American Actress, Television Personality, Pianist, was an American musician who first came to prominence as a jazz pianist. In 1956, Cole became the first African-American performer to host a variety television series, and for many white families. Nat King Cole Biography and Profile
Natalie Maria Cole was born on February 6, 1950 to Nat King Cole and jazz singer Maria Cole in Los Angeles, California. At the age of 6, she recorded “I’m Good Will, Your Christmas Spirit” with her father, and by age 11, the young songstress had begun performing in the community. Natalie Maria Cole is survived by her son, Robert Adam Yancy. Natalie Cole Biography and Profile.
Stephanie Mills (Stephanie Dorthea Mills), born on 22 March 1957, Brooklyn, New York, USA, an American R&B and soul singer, and a former Broadway star. Stephanie Mills first came to fame as “the little girl with the big voice” as the star of the hit Broadway play, The Wiz, an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic book, The Wizard Of Oz. Stephanie Dorthea Mills had many R&B hits such as “I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love,” “I Feel Good All Over,” “(You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me,” “Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)” and “Home” along with one certified million selling single, “Never Knew Love Like This Before.” Stephanie Mills Biography and Profile.